Don’t you sometimes wonder how a person can be so good at accumulating money, and then so bad at gambling with it? One such square wagered a stomach-turning $100,000 (plus the vig) on Wyoming, a middling Mountain West team with just one big win this season, to beat dumpster fire UCONN by at least 31 points.
UCONN, of course, played their hearts out and narrowly lost 24-22, helping the folks at MGM to finance another koi pond inside the Mirage.
Yes, the Huskies entered the matchup having lost all four 2021 games by a combined total of 184-49, but it didn’t matter. UCONN lead 13-3 at halftime, all-but guaranteeing a cover—the kind of game where you know your bet is a dud after just a series or two.
All told, it was the squarest of square bets: fading a bad team just because the headlines led you to believe they wouldn’t even show up, and then eating your ticket for lunch because you can’t afford the buffet. The guy didn’t even get the adrenaline of a “cover” sweat, which is really what you’re paying for if you gamble recreationally.
I just can’t even imagine the look of joy on the sportsbook manager’s face when the guy called this bet in. Two nobody teams, 31 points, and six figures on the line? Yes, please.
If you’re going to bet on sports, pick a unit size and stick to it until your bankroll permits larger wagers. Just for fun, let’s all fade UCONN this weekend against perennial SEC powerhouse Vanderbilt (-14.5 on FanDuel Sportsbook) in honor of MGM guy. Go Dores!
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